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Edoheart aka Eseohe Arhebamen

Eseohe Arhebamen Edoheart in her apartment photo by Jorge Rojas

Eseohe Arhebamen was born in Nigeria to 510 languages and devotion to language. Eseohe speaks two Edo languages, French, Nigerian pidgin English and is teaching herself Japanese. Eseohe was educated in Creative Writing & Literature at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and in Studio Art at Hunter College. She has won several awards for her works including the University of Michigan Hopwood Award for Poetry, the Jeffrey Weisberg Memorial Prize for Poetry, the Arthur Miller Award for Fiction, an InsideOut Literary/Arts Project Writing Residency funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, an Environmental Justice Initiative First Place Award for a poetry slam competition and the College Unions Poetry Slam National Champion First Place Prize. Eseohe has taught arts in Detroit and New York. Her passion for language engendered explorations into the semiotic nature of audio+visual communication; to the channeling of language through movement using her studies in Butoh dance and African theater; to the creation of a supra-identity, Edoheart, who seeks the cultural retrieval of a pangaean definition of Africa through multicultural collaboration, research and arts. Eseohe’s “Butoh-vocal theatre” performances feature sound-mosaics and visual projections–parts of speech in liaison with movement works in which Eseohe becomes language. Eseohe / Edoheart sings and creates musics; has performed or presented her works in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia, recently reading (and performing) excerpts from her last collection of poems at The Writer’s House in Tallinn, Estonia and leading Butoh workshops at The Living Theatre in New York. A new book of poems titled, “Jesus of All Niggers” is available to order at http://laughingmouse.net/shop/ More information is available at http://edoheart.org

SCENE ABSTRACT: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
My scene is split into two segments, forming the opening of the performance and well as the ending. In the first segment, the players mimic the audience members as they enter and are seated, creating a “looking glass” through which the audience enters. In the ending segment, the players perform a syncopated rendition of the game “Punchinello”, another mirroring- although now, of themselves. More about the game: Everyone stands in a circle, one person in the middle. The song goes: Look who’s here, Punchinello, Punchinello, Look who’s here, Punchinello at the zoo/ What can you do, Punchinello, Punchinello, What can you do, Punchinello at the zoo. (The person in the center chooses an action and everyone copies him/her) We can do it too, Punchinello, Punchinello, We can do it too Punchinello at the zoo.

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